Ace of Swords: New Intellectual Pursuits
The first work day of a new year and my type A personality is already putting together lists, creating rituals, and making promises to myself about what I want to achieve in my career. I want to be less stressed this year but I’m not sure whether my personality makes me more likely to stress or better able to cope with stress. The juries still out.
Picking up the first card of the Swords suit today is interesting because the suit has to do with intellectual pursuits and careers, so here’s hoping that it inspires me or motivates me, or at the very least helps me figure out how to find the enjoyment in my work again.
What you see: A hand from the clouds holds up a dual-edged sword that wears a crown with palm and olive leaves dangling of it. There are 3 Hebrew yods on each side of the sword and mountains in the background.
What it means: The hand symbolizes the divine holding the upright sword of justice. The crown represents triumph while the palm symbolize severity and olive signifies mercy. The mountains indicate challenges to come.
The story: The Ace of Swords represents intellectual breakthrough; a moment of new ideas and possibilities.
Reversed meaning: Reversed, the card represents inner clarity — a new idea that is not shared or alternatively not have the clarity to see an opportunity.
Reflection: Like all the other ace cards, this too is about a new possibility. This swords suit is centered around the mind and intellectual pursuits, so though the card looks like a victory in the physical realm, it feels misleading. Or, maybe it tries to show the power that exists in the mind.
My research sources:
A Complete Guide to the Tarot, Eden Gray, 1970
Tarot Card Meanings, Biddy Tarot
Card Meanings, Labyrinthos
Root Lock Radio: A Tarot Podcast